American Express Presents An Evening With Bob Newhart At The GRAMMY Museum®

by laliveinsider on Mon., Feb 01 at 09:00 AM

Comedy Legend Sits Down for an Intimate Conversation to Celebrate His 50th Anniversary in Show Business

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 2010) - On March 9, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum® will host comedy legend and multi-GRAMMY winner Bob Newhart for an onstage interview, it was announced today.  Celebrating his remarkable 50th year in show business, the evening will offer fans the opportunity to engage with the beloved entertainer like never before.  \"American Express Presents An Evening With Bob Newhart\" also marks The GRAMMY Museum®'s first-ever comedy program.

\"In 1961, Bob Newhart won three GRAMMYs for The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, becoming the first comedian to win a GRAMMY for Album of the Year.  That award, which helped to launch his prestigious career, is currently displayed on the Museum's third floor, so we're honored that he will be the first comedian to take our stage,\" said Executive Director Robert Santelli, who will conduct the interview.

Bob Newhart has been entertaining the English-speaking world for half a century, spanning several successful television series, fourteen feature films and millions of albums sold worldwide. Signed to a record contract by Warner Bros. in 1959, a comedy recording of his early stand up act hit a nerve and became a huge best seller in 1960, winning multiple GRAMMY awards, including \"Album of the Year\" and \"Best New Artist,\" simultaneously sitting atop the number one and two positions on the Billboard charts for many weeks, a record only broken by the hard rock band, Guns 'N Roses.  His classic and influential \"The Bob Newhart Show\" ran on CBS from 1972-78, followed by the successful \"Newhart\" series.  PBS recently saluted Newhart's rich career with a rare honor, an \"American Masters\" presentation, and his first ever book, the hardcover edition of \"I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This,\" was a New York Times bestseller.   The recipient of many honors, Newhart was awarded the prestigious \"Mark Twain Prize for American Humor\" in 2002.

Before an intimate audience of 200 in the Museum's GRAMMY Sound Stage, Newhart will answer Santelli's questions about his 50 years of stand-up, recording, television, and cinema.  After the interview, Newhart will take questions from the audience.

The GRAMMY Museum® launched its flagship public program, \"An Evening With,\" in January 2009 with music legend Brian Wilson and continued its success with critically-acclaimed recording artists Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Tom Morello, Dwight Yoakam, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Terence Blanchard, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, George Benson, Paul Shaffer, Carly Simon, Harry Connick, Jr. and Clive Davis.  The program regularly features award-winning and cutting-edge musicians live and onstage.  Taking place in the Museum's state-of-the-art theatre, which screens the film \"The Making of a GRAMMY Moment\" during regular Museum hours, the program provides guests unprecedented access to their favorite musicians. 

\"American Express Presents An Evening With Bob Newhart\" will take place at 8pm in the GRAMMY Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum®.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  American Express presale tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com starting Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010.  Ticket purchase includes a copy of Newhart's book, I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things that Strike Me as Funny.  American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale tickets.  All proceeds benefit The GRAMMY Museum®.For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visit grammymuseum.org.

The GRAMMY Museum® is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

About The GRAMMY Museum®

Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum® features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum® can deliver.

American Express is the Premiere Partner of The GRAMMY Museum®.  For more information about American Express and music, visit americanexpress.com/entertainment.

Media Contacts

Katie Dunham
The GRAMMY Museum®
213.763.2133
[email protected]

Jerry Digney
Digney & Company Public Relations
323.993.3000 x215
[email protected]

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